This book for the first time brings together Professor PringGAaA-s thoughts on the philosophy of education and is his first global treatment of the subject. His writings reflect a consistency of thought about educational theory and educational aimsGAaoand the consequence of both for the nature and practice of educational research. Professor Pring draws together the different themes, providing a distinctively philosophical perspective on educational theory and practice. This perspective challenges many of the ideas, which underpin government policy, impoverish educational practice and weaken educational research in a way unacknowledged even by the researchGAaA-s most ardent critics.
'...Philosophers of education and curriculum theorists will welcome the opportunity to be reminded of the earlier papers and to see how the key themes that feature in Pring's work throughout this period are developed in the context of recent debates about educational research and the curriculum...Making the case for educational theory that draws upon and informs practice Pring engages in lively fashion with those sociologists of knowledge and abstract theoreticians who bamboozle and bewilder their readers with a technical language that adds nothing to our understanding of what happens in schools...as a classroom practitioner in the early 1970s trying to make sense of the ways that some of the more obscure educational research described the workd that I shared with my pupils and colleagues it was alwats a relief and pleasure to read teh cogent and clear analyses that characterized what Pring regers to in this book as his 'philosophical puzzling about what is too often taken for granted by unreflective politicians, officials and professionals'...this book will provide a welcome source of light.' Volume 58, Number 1--Sanford Lakoff "Educational Review " '15 important lectures and journal articles that represent Pring's long, distinguished, and provocative career...Pring's work is fascinating. His philosophical training has led him to a precision of language and thought which is delightful to observe...The style of his writing reflects the best of the British humanist tradition. It is clear, straightforward...full of illustrations...I commend to readers this fine work on teaching, a volume worthy of whatever effort necessary to get it within your purview.' Erik M. Heen, Teaching Theology and Religion, Jan 2007--Sanford Lakoff "Teaching Theology and Religion "